Killed my d800e

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WIMorrison
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Killed my d800e
Apr 6, 2013

Just dropped by d800e with a sigma 50-500 OS on the front of it onto a tiled floor

The lens has broken at the lens mount into two parts and the camera won't switch on at all. It looks like the viewfinder are took the brunt of the blow as the viewfinder cover has separated at one corner from the body.

hopefully not terminal for lens or camera, but surely expensive

what is amazing is how little damage there is to the body given ht it fell from 4 feet onto clay tiles.

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In reply to WIMorrison, Apr 6, 2013

before anyone else gets negative with this....I am sorry for hearing this happened to you. This hurts every single time we hear of something like this taking place. I wish you the best and hope you get up and running soon. I hope you have insurance that covers this specifically.

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Ouch. My condolences. Sounds terminal to me.

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In reply to WIMorrison, Apr 6, 2013

That totally sucks. Check with your Credit Card company. Some will insure purchases, although often there are monetary limits. Also, if this happened in your home, it may be covered by homeowners insurance.

Good luck!

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Ugh!

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WIMorrison wrote:

Just dropped by d800e with a sigma 50-500 OS on the front of it onto a tiled floor

The lens has broken at the lens mount into two parts and the camera won't switch on at all. It looks like the viewfinder are took the brunt of the blow as the viewfinder cover has separated at one corner from the body.

hopefully not terminal for lens or camera, but surely expensive

what is amazing is how little damage there is to the body given ht it fell from 4 feet onto clay tiles.

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Remember that the IRS allows casualty loss deductions. Not sure what the rules are any more, but worth checking.

Dropped a lens once. Taught me an expensive lesson.

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In reply to WIMorrison, Apr 6, 2013

I'm curious if you use a camera strap on the camera or a hand strap?

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In reply to Anker BergSonne, Apr 6, 2013

Me 2 £500 for a Nikon 70-200 VR I and feel sorry for the op.

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That totally sucks. Did you have insurance on it.Out of all the comments no one asked.?. Just wondering...

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In reply to WIMorrison, Apr 6, 2013

Man, hate to hear this.  Sorry for your loss.

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In reply to CraigBennett, Apr 7, 2013

Man sorry to hear this.  I have been looking for some system to carry my camera other than a neck strap.  Some of the more interesting one involve putting a fitting into the tripod mount and the hook that fitting into a vest, belt, etc.  That looks to me to be an accident waiting to happen as the screw can easily work loose.

I'm still looking.  It's better to have a tired neck than a busted camera and lens.

Hope they can get it fixed.  The lens sounds like toast - maybe they can salvage the camera.

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In reply to WIMorrison, Apr 7, 2013

I can't tell you how many times I'm used to "releasing" my camera with both hands and letting the strap catch it as common practice. The problem comes in when the strap is NOT around my neck. Time for quick hands and grabbing the strap inched before it hits the ground

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In reply to Nikonfan99, Apr 7, 2013

Wow that hurts.I dropped my D800 from about a foot high, bent the hotshoe
when it hit the tiled floor.Sent it in, Nikon deemed it impact damage which voids all warranty.

So 700.00 later camera was repaired, and now is back onto the factory warranty.Good luck with your camera, I hope it isn't a total write off, or you can claim it with your house insurance,and have it replaced with a new one.My D800 has to go back in with exposure and auto focus issues.Sometimes it is better not to repair, because it can plauge you with problems with it in the future.

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In reply to Al Giordano, Apr 7, 2013

With My D800 I used a thin leather camera strap and when I reached into the backpack I didn't see it blended in with the other black backpack straps and stepped on it, the camera hit the floor when I lifted it.I will not use any strap any more because I shoot with a tripod and this was a costly mistake on my part.Does anyone use their camera on a tripod with a strap or is there a better designed one for using it on a tripod.

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In reply to aperturegeorge, Apr 7, 2013

I've used Optech and Tamrac straps that have quick-release snaps on strap, near the camera.   You can easily pop the bulk of the strap off, leaving a couple of 'danglers' on the camera.  I generally remove the strap this way when shooting from a tripod.

I've standardized now on the Tamrac straps, because they have a padded suede shoulder pad.  It doesn't slip, and I carry the camera over one shoulder usually.   The optechs not only slid off, they stretch so much the camera bounces terribly if you jog.

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In reply to WIMorrison, Apr 7, 2013

Thanks for the sympathy, it was an easy error to make whilst mounting it on a tripod, therefore no strap hanging around my neck - though I have to say that I find straps a pain in the but as I have caught them more than once and almost pulled a camera onto the floor because of them.

I guess that the lesson is simple, pay attention to what your doing and don't hold detailed conversations at the same time as you are handling £4000 worth of gear!

Tomorrow the argument will start with the insurance company as they are bound to try and find some way of not paying.

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WIMorrison wrote:

Just dropped by d800e with a sigma 50-500 OS on the front of it onto a tiled floor

The lens has broken at the lens mount into two parts and the camera won't switch on at all. It looks like the viewfinder are took the brunt of the blow as the viewfinder cover has separated at one corner from the body.

hopefully not terminal for lens or camera, but surely expensive

what is amazing is how little damage there is to the body given ht it fell from 4 feet onto clay tiles.

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Iain Morrison LRPS CPAGB
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sorry to hear this

i had a similar experience...

d800e grip zeiss 15

i was setting camere with l-plate into acratech gp-s 'screw plate'

tightened the plate knob - let go - boom - faster than i could react - camera fell from chest height... to concrete sidewalk... = dropped like a 8,000.00 rock...

instantly $8000 crashed to concrete - bounced off corner of grip flipped up and over - onto lens hood - then started to spin like an out of control pirouette...  i grabbed reached down, as fast as i could - while stiull spinning... and picked it up - heart pounding

no idea what happened - i had set the l-plate into the head plate... and there was tension on the screw... - ( iwas in a hurry to get a shot)....

needless to say the head is back at acratech - getting inspected and the screw plate released with a lever lock plate - (new product for acratech)

after this mishap...  i am saving for an arca c cube....

i now use a lanyard off a point-n-shoot style camera on one lug - and first loop this over tripod before mounting - this lanyard has a cinch down on it...

i am very fortunate - only bent lens hood and scuff on the MB-D12 and no other discernible damages -

these 'accidents' happen literally in a blink of an eye

i have all of my gear in a seperate line item value based addon to my insurance policy - even includes my serengetti and maui jim sunglasses... for 'working in the field'...

hope your repair goes well for you

P.

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In reply to orchidblooms, Apr 7, 2013

Your post gives me the shivers--my sincere condolences.  I recently purchased a BosStrap for my D800e before our Disney trip.  The selling point for me for this shoulder strap over e.g., Black Rapid and others is that it attaches to the metal post on the camera where the neck strap used to attach rather than the tripod socket.  The pitch I was given is that the metal post is "engineered" to hold the dangling weight of the camera whereas the tripod socket isn't.

BTW--I once killed my Minolta film camera when I used the timer to take a picture of myself.  I balanced the camera on a fence post, ran back through the gate into focal position and gasped as the gate swung shut behind me--and you know the rest!

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In reply to WIMorrison, Apr 7, 2013

Ouch.  I once killed a Canon S100 when I tipped the tripod it was on over....right onto the hard tile floor.

I've actually had camera straps cause issues.  Once I grabbed a camera out of the bag and the strap caught on part of the bag and the camera popped out of my hand and hit the ground.  Another time the strap caught caught a door knob when it wasn't over my shoulder and popped out of my hand again and onto the hardwood floor.  Both of those times there was no damage...visible or otherwise, thankfully.

I now use straps that can be quickly unclipped from the camera when I'm not using them and have switched to straps that have slides built into them so I can use the camera with the strap on my shoulder without it sticking and grabbing at my clothing.

One of my favorites is the Gordy's.  Simple, light, yet really strong leather.  Not the best for lugging a heavy camera for long periods though.

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mtmike wrote:

Your post gives me the shivers--my sincere condolences.  I recently purchased a BosStrap for my D800e before our Disney trip.  The selling point for me for this shoulder strap over e.g., Black Rapid and others is that it attaches to the metal post on the camera where the neck strap used to attach rather than the tripod socket.  The pitch I was given is that the metal post is "engineered" to hold the dangling weight of the camera whereas the tripod socket isn't.

BTW--I once killed my Minolta film camera when I used the timer to take a picture of myself.  I balanced the camera on a fence post, ran back through the gate into focal position and gasped as the gate swung shut behind me--and you know the rest!

mtmike i was ooh so fortunate...  the zeiss products, built like a sherman tank...

i think if i had been sing a 'cheepie' grip - could have been a different story...

i inspected everything - pinched the zeiss' hood back...

and then - attached again, with success to the acratech... and took this series for my first planned HDR with NIK app.. (you see the sidewalk...? yes that is where camera fell)

btw acratech has new clamp plate with safety lock...

when i get my gp-s back i will re-evealuate the usefulness of the 'rig' - if i deem it to be less than safe.. do-or-die - i will sell whatever i have to and get an arca c1 cube

http://acratech.net/product.php?productid=83

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